My name is Nina. I am a pyromaniac and one of the newest crew members of Illusion Fireworks.
I first met Karl, the company director of Illusion Fireworks in a field in January 2018 having asked to come along to see what an Illusion set up and display looked like. I previously worked for another company and it’s always a bit daunting meeting a new crew but I was greeted with a hug (not compulsory for the non-huggers) and shown around the site.
The crew had the equipment laid out and knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing. I thought I had just come to watch but I was quickly assessed and before I knew it I was loading shells under friendly direction from the crew to ensure I met the high standards of the Illusion team.
The show that evening was a free display set to music for customers at the venue who were tasting and choosing their menu with the hope that they would be wowed into booking fireworks for their celebrations. The show was fired as part of their evening and I was impressed by the quality of the products and the precision of the design resulting in a moving show which really did fill the sky with magic. I’d also had a lot of fun with some great people.
Not convinced that this professionalism could be maintained I wanted to see more and found myself in February 2018 in the pouring rain at Illusion Fireworks operations site where the preparation is done for the shows. Everything for both the shows going out that day was very well prepared and waterproofed, kit buckets were readied and gazebos and tarpaulins added to make the set up in the field as good as it could be in such atrocious conditions. Vans were loaded and everyone knew they were in for a wet and muddy rig but in good spirits and welcoming to the newbies on the crew.
The site was a quagmire but with waterproofs and wellies on, the site was assessed, the customer contacted and because of the preparation everything was able to be set up under the gazebo before being covered with the tarpaulin and the next site set up. The regular crew
for this being such a small show for me to see but I remained impressed at the quantity of fireworks and the attention to detail given to ensure the very best display for the budget available.
I had seen how the Illusion team worked with passion for pyro, professionalism, preparation and attention to detail and it was time for me to make a decision. I had been impressed enough to ask to join Illusion Fireworks and Karl was crazy enough to take me on.
From that very muddy small show to the rather grander winning performance in August 2018 at the British Firework Championships I always see the best products, precision and attention to detail. It’s hard work but great fun with a great team.
Crewing for any firework company is not glamourous, think wellies, multiple layers of sometimes wet and muddy clothing, hard work, long days and late nights but when the sky is filled with magic it is worth all of those things.
My name is Nina. I’m a pyromaniac and proud to crew for Illusion Fireworks.